Local City Officials celebrated the Ground Breaking for the East Main Street Project yesterday. The exciting new changes to East Main Street will aid in the enhancement of the already character-filled historic downtown environment. MAC Construction and Excavating, Inc. has been contracted to do the renovations. The project is expected to be completed in September 2014.
The project will extend from East 5th Street to Vincennes Street. Improvements will include a median with plants and trees, new handicap accessible sidewalks and decorative lighting. Historical monuments will mark Vincennes Street and 5th Street where the Main Street Renovation begins and ends.
Spring Planting Event - Volunteers Needed! - March 12th
With 350 guests coming to New Albany April 6th through 9th for the Indiana Historical Preservation Conference, Keep New Albany Clean and Green wants to make sure our community looks inviting. An Early Spring planting/clean-up day is planned in advance of the conference on March 12th, 3:00 p.m. Volunteers are asked to meet in Mainsource Bank parking lot on the corner of State and Market Streets to help replant the pansies in the downtown planters. Winter was rough on the flowers. Please bring your own planting trowel.
Also, volunteers are needed for an early morning Street & Sidewalk Cleanup. Meet at 5:00 a.m. on April 7th in Mainsource Bank parking lot on the corner of State and Market Streets. We will be working with the Street Department to do a thorough cleaning of the sidewalks and streets right before the conference.
The regular Spring Beautification Day is scheduled for a weekday this year. Join us on in Mainsource Bank parking lot April 29th at 3:30 PM until 7:30 PM to plant the summer flowers. If we don’t get finished on the 29th, the 30th will be used as a backup if needed.
If you are interested in more information or having your club, civic group, or scout troop participate, please let us know in advance by calling 812-548-6676 or by email at email@example.com.
Be Local Expo - Thank You for Supporting Local
A special thank you on behalf of Develop New Albany to all vendors and guests at the recent Be Local Expo held at the Calumet Club. It is wonderful to see a community support our locally owned businesses.
City Announces Houndmouth as Boomtown Ball Headliner
Houndmouth will be headlining the festival with a concert at The Grand on Sunday, May 25th. Tickets for the 18 and over concert go on sale Friday March 7th at 10am.
"The Boomtown Ball & Festival will serve as the kick-off for the Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series," stated Mayor Jeff M. Gahan. "The festival will consist of a free outdoor music stage curated with the help of Houndmouth and an open air flea market/bazaar, all contained right in our downtown."
This event will be held on Market Street in Historic downtown New Albany on Sunday, May 25th. The City of New Albany has enlisted the support of Flea Off Market, a unique Louisville-based outdoor bazaar that will feature tons of regional and local vendors offering records, books, antiques, vintage items, fine arts & crafts, esoterica, and more! Gates for this free family friendly event open at 1pm. Stay tuned for a full line-up of music on the outdoor stage curated by Houndmouth
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Southern Indiana Gateway Project Meeting - March 6th
The Southern Indiana Gateway Project seeks to connect the Southern Indiana communities of New Albany, Clarksville, Jeffersonville and Utica through the construction of four artistic gateways from recycled, "green" construction materials along the Ohio River in various park and community spaces. The ultimate goal of this project is to facilitate cohesion between the myriad of arts and community organizations that exist in these four cities (as well as the cities themselves) in an unprecedented way. Through the Southern Indiana Gateway Project, we hope to instill confidence within our individual and organizational volunteers who will build eclectic skill-sets and acquire extensive hands-on experience. We envision the Gateway Project to serve as a catalyst for further exploration into public art and community-driven events in the region, creating a dramatic and measurable community impact.
On Thursday, March 6th, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Jeffersonville City Hall, an informational meeting will be held by Scott Irick. Scott is an earthship expert that has assisted in the creation of many structures in New Mexico. He will lead the informative meeting identifying what earthship sculptures are, how they are made, and what they can look like.
Pysanky; the Art of the Ukrainian Easter Egg - March 16th
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1015 E. Main St. in New Albany, opens Pysanky; the Art of the Ukrainian Easter Egg on Sunday, March 16. The gallery opening features a wine and cheese reception from 2:30 to 5:00 pm. The artist, The Rev. Susan Blubaugh will present a gallery talk and demonstration at 3:00. Susan is an Episcopal priest living in Lafayette, Indiana.
Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs) are intricate colorful designs created on the egg shell through the layering of beeswax and dyes. The geometric shapes, floral and animal figures, and even the eggs, are steeped in symbolism.
Women in the American Revolution - March 18th
On Tuesday March 18, 2014 from 12-1 pm at the Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany, Indiana, Dr. Kelly A. Ryan, associate professor of history at Indiana University Southeast, will present the program “Patriotism Extends to the Fair Sex: Women in the American Revolution”, as part of the Carnegie Center’s Lunch & Learn series. All women were called upon to participate in the Revolutionary war through their domestic tasks and by taking on roles traditionally defined as masculine. Ultimately, women’s work was praised, politicized, and criticized. Dr. Ryan will discuss the myriad of ways women contributed to the American Revolution, as well as suggest how women’s work affected understandings of the roles of women in the post-war society of the new republic. This program is being held in celebration of Women’s History Month (March).
Participants can bring a lunch, drinks are provided. This program is free, but registration is required (please call 812-944-7336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org). The monthly Lunch and Learn programs are sponsored by the Carnegie Center, Inc.
Shakespeare’s King Lear re-imagined - March 30th
Poor Lear is a one-man; one-hour re-imagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear as a homeless person and will be performed by producer/actor Alan Tilson in partnership with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Parlor Stories for one performance on Sunday, March 30. The production is a benefit for the Episcopal Fund for Human Need.
Tilson is a member of the Acting Core Ensemble with Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre of Kansas City and has acted in 17 MET productions including Main Stage, the Library Script-In-Hand series, and has toured with MET’s The Hindu & the Cowboy for 7 years.. He has performed with the Missouri/Kansas City Repertory Theater, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Theatre for Young America, in Titus Andronicus at the Living Room Theater, The Country of the Blind Coterie Theater tour of Kansas, and in the title role of Moliere’s The Miser at Union Station City Stage. Tilson has worked regionally with the Oregon and Colorado Shakespeare Festivals, four years with the Minnesota Shakespeare Company in Minneapolis, and with the Black Hills Playhouse.
Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation of $10. There will be a wine and cheese reception in the Parish House Parlor following the performance. For information contact the church office at 944-0413.
8th Annual Pet Lovers' Gala: Win, Lose, or Paw - May 18th
Tickets are now on sale for the Floyd County Animal Rescue League's 8th Annual Pet Lovers' Gala: Win, Lose, or Paw! The gala will take place on Sunday, May 18th from 5:00pm-9:00pm in the Showroom at Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino.
Tickets are $45.00 each or $400 for a table of 10. They can be purchased by sending your ticket request and payment (make checks payable to FCARL) to: FCARL, P.O. Box 285, New Albany, IN 47151
Tickets can also be purchased in person at the New Albany Animal Shelter, located at 215 W. Market Street. Please purchase your tickets by May 9th.
This year's game show themed gala will feature buffet dinner, DJ entertainment, exciting trivia games, silent auction, and more! Costumes are encouraged. Take a note from Monty Hall, and come dressed to get noticed! All proceeds go toward continuing our mission of helping needy animals in Floyd County.
If you have any questions, please call our office at 812-949-9099. Sponsorship and donation opportunities are still available